AT&T Inc. arrived late to the BlackBerry Curve 9300 party on Monday, but hey, at least it arrived.
The three other major wireless carriers in the United States all have had the handset for a while. Given the Curves rather boring design, though, and apparent lack of amazing features, it probably wont do much for AT&T, just as the more-hyped Torch has failed to do.
However, AT&T on Monday did become the first wireless operator in the U.S. to offer the 3G BlackBerry Pearl 9100. This is a nifty-looking handset. We are loving the fade effect on the front keyboard. The actual functionalities also intrigue more than the Curve 9300. Whereas the Curve comes with a QVGA display and 2-megapixel, fixed-focus camera, the Pearl 9100 has HVGA resolution and a 3-megapixel camera with flash and auto-focus.
The Curve costs $99.99 with a new contract; the Pearl 9100 goes for $149.99 with a new contract. Users will be able to upgrade both handsets to Research In Motions BlackBerry OS 6 platform whenever thats finally released.